Vatican Agrees To Take Terminally-Ill Baby Boy

A Vatican-owned hospital located in Rome has offered to take in terminally ill 11-month-old Charlie Gard to impede doctors from turning off his life support.

Gard was originally at Great Ormond Street Hospital located in London. The hospital wanted to take Gard off of child support, much to this dismay of his parents who were not being offered the chance to make their own very personal decision.

CNN reports that Mariella Enoc, president of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital, released a statement questioning the director of the London hospital, where Gard is staying, “to verify whether the health conditions exist to possibly transfer Charlie to our hospital.”

There has been an ongoing legal battle over Gard’s fate. He is a terminally ill infant who has a very rare genetic disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. This disease leads to weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, along with many other symptoms. Most patients carrying the disease have an extremely low survival rate.

Gard’s parents want him to be released into their care so that they can travel to the United Sated for more treatments in hopes to improve Gard’s condition.

After various legal battles, the European Court of Human rights decided to discontinue life support for the baby who has been on life support since last year.

Sunday the Pope called for the parents to “accompany and treat their child until the end. AOL reports that Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office stated, “The Holy Father is following with affection and emotion the situation of little Charlie Gard and expresses his closeness to his parents. He is praying for them, in the hope that their desire to accompany and care for their own child until the end will be respected.”

Grab is now located at the Bambino Gesu Hospital and the hospital will keep Gard on life support and will allow his parent’s to make the final decision regarding his life.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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